08 June 2017 - 10:45 - 09 June 2017 - 12:00
Maria-Manuela Cabral, Lawrence Dechambenoit, Farahnaz Ghodsinia, Hannes Lambrecht, Maria Victoria Llorente, Olivier Ray

This event takes place as part of the European Development Days and will begin at 10.45 in Room D2 at Tours and Taxis (Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Brussels).

Security and development are inextricably linked: there cannot be sustainable development without peace and security while development and poverty eradication are crucial to ensure long-term and viable peace. Instability, conflict, insecurity, violence, organised crime, corruption and other deficit deter investment, hinder trade, divert public social expenditure, and hamper access to education, health and other basic services; they also severely weaken democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Priority focus must of course be on preventive action. Peacebuilding also requires that development partners adopt a comprehensive approach to development which includes improved coordination and action and policies on many fronts including aide, trade and political dialogue. The engagement of the private sector and civil society actors is essential.


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This event is part of our Development Policy Forum (DPF), which brings together a number of crucial development actors, including the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank to contribute to the global and European conversation on development. Through its activities and publications, the DPF reflects the rapidly-changing global debate on growth and development and seeks to encourage fresh, up-to-date thinking on the multiple challenges facing the development community.

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The Development Policy Forum (DPF) led by Friends of Europe brings together a number of crucial development actors. This includes the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the United Nations and the World Bank.


Europe’s relationship with Asia and Africa is expanding, reflecting the increasing global importance of emerging economies. We track these developments through our Asia Programme and Europe-China Forum, and through our work looking at the EU vision and strategy towards China, India, Japan and ASEAN, and its role in the Asia-Europe Meeting.


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10.45 – 12.00

Policy insight To achieve Agenda 2030, give peace a chance ‒ Why the security development nexus is vital to implement SDGs”

  • How are international development players adapting their policies to take account of the security-development nexus?
  • Are there any examples of good national and international policies which have succeeded in bringing peace and development to a previously troubled country or region?
  • What is the role of non-state actors including business, civil society and women in the quest for security and development?
Shada Islam
Director Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
Maria-Manuela Cabral
Head of Unit, Fragility and Resilience at the European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development
In her current position Maria Manuela Cabral is responsible for policy orientation for cooperation with countries in situations of fragility or crisis. She is also actively involved in the management of major crisis situations in such countries, providing support, guidance and tools for effective crisis management. With over 20 years of experience at the European Commission, Cabral has served as Head of Unit in the area of customs policy and has worked in the office of former EU Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs António Vitorino.
Lawrence Dechambenoit
Vice President for Corporate Relations Africa at Rio Tinto
Formerly serving as an official for the United Nations, Lawrence Dechambenoit oversaw the management of peacekeeping efforts as missions and was instrumental in mediating conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Africa’s Great Lakes Region. Dechambenoit is also a board trustee of the African Leadership Network, a community aiming to contribute towards Africa’s prosperity by bringing influential leaders together.
Farahnaz Ghodsinia
European Development Days Young Leader, Philippines
Farahnaz Ghodsinia is an active advocate for conflict prevention and peacebuilding through education and inter-faith dialogue. She is the founder of “Children of Mindanao”, a programme providing educational assistance to both Muslim and Christian groups in the southern Philippines. Ghodsinia was elected as President of the 10th National Youth Parliament of the Philippines, the largest parliamentary gathering of young leaders in her country, and in 2017 was included among Lifestyle Asia’s “30 Young Gamechangers”.
Hannes Lambrecht
Advisor, Sector Programme Peace and Security, Disaster Risk Management at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Hannes Lambrecht advises the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on policy developments and strategic orientation on long-term peacebuilding in relation to its Near East development cooperation portfolio. With GIZ since 2008, he has gained profound knowledge on conflict analysis, peacebuilding activities and security sector reform approaches. Lambrecht was previously in charge of a community policing project in the Palestinian Territories and held short term assignments in Lebanon and Iran.
Maria Victoria Llorente
Executive Director of the Fundación Ideas para la Paz, Colombia
María Victoria Llorente has led the Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP), a leading Colombian think tank on peacebuilding and security issues, for the past ten years. Before joining the FIP, she worked as director of a citizen security and justice programme at Los Andes University and as an associate researcher coordinating the university’s Public Peace Studies Group. Llorente has also served at the office of the High Commissioner of Peace and the office of the Minister of Defense.
Olivier Ray
Head of Sector, Crisis Prevention and Post-conflict Recovery at the Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Since 2014, Olivier Ray has been responsible for AFD’s strategy for situations of crisis and violence and for creating tools to operationalise it, including financial instruments and country assessments. Previously, he was diplomatic advisor to France’s Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Marisol Touraine, and also worked at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Policy Planning Department, where he was responsible for international development. Ray has also written prolifically on issues of global development.
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